Editor rating:
7/10 on
User's rating:


  • Lightweight, flexible, responsive, very comfortable upper, versatile on a variety of terrains and at different intensities


  • High heel-to-toe drop for a racing shoe
  • rather expensive


Great shoe for a variety of runners; can be used as a fast trainer or cushioned racer
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Wave Ronin 5
6.9 oz. (196 gr.)
105 US$
Lightweight, efficient runners as a daily training shoe, or as a longer distance racing flat for heavier runners

Mizuno Wave Ronin 5 General info

Upon first pulling my pair of Mizuno Wave Ronin 5’s from the box, I was immediately impressed with the new color pattern. The blue is a very bright, unique shade and the yellow compliments it well. The outsole is of standard Mizuno design featuring their trademark Wave Technology, a slightly elevated heel, and great grip for traction in wet or icy conditions. The upper is perforated with small vents for breathability, and is made from a very soft and light material that is new to this particular model. The shoe feels very balanced in the hand with no unnecessary weight in any one feature. The toe box is pleasantly accommodating without being sloppy; there is plenty of room to flex and splay the toes upon ground strike, even for those with a wider forefoot. The shoe is decidedly neutral, as there are no stability or motion control features present.

Also of special note, I researched the word “Ronin” prior to writing this review. I knew its roots referred to a samurai warrior in the Japanese feudal system that had lost his master and was therefore something of a freelance soldier, or renegade. However, I must salute Mizuno for the clever use of the term “Ronin” for one of their shoes, as the literal translation is “Wave Man”, or one who is “adrift between masters and loyalties”. This ties with their Wave Technology perfectly, yes? Well done, Mizuno.

Mizuno Wave Ronin 5 Impression

During this trial period, I put approximately sixty miles on my pair of Ronin 5’s. I ran at a variety of speeds and on mixed terrains in them, and was pleasantly surprised by how nimble and quick they felt while training. The ride is firm and fast with adequate cushioning for virtually all runners looking to get more response off the ground. The upper of the shoe is perhaps the most remarkable feature of this model. It hugs the foot like a glove with no seams or lining to irritate the toes. The Ronins felt best on asphalt, but certainly provide enough traction and response for softer surfaces such as trails and grass.

Mizuno Wave Ronin 5 Opinion

I would recommend the Mizuno Wave Ronin 5 to faster, lighter runners looking for a swift daily training shoe, or for heavier runners looking for an accommodating racing flat for races between 10K-Marathon. The Ronin could also be used as a great shoe for those looking to transition to more minimal footwear, as it is light and svelte enough to bridge the gap between traditional and natural running shoe categories.

We thank the nice people at Mizuno for sending us a pair of Wave Ronin 5 to test. This did not influence the outcome of the review, written after running more than 50 miles in them.

Mizuno Wave Ronin 5 Price Comparison

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